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    Serene Vannoy Guest

    Default Road snacks

    Road trip to San Diego tomorrow late night, to begin a summer of being
    mostly away from home, caring for my ailing mother. I really like road
    trips, though -- like driving, like spending time in the car with James,
    etc. Right now, I'm looking through my CDs. Tomorrow, I'll shop for the
    last of the road snacks. So far, we will probably have:

    Trail mix of sorts -- basically, a mix of all the nuts I like from the
    bulk bins: macadamias, almonds, pistachios, etc., plus some dried papaya
    for me (james doesn't like it)

    Apples and bananas (easy, portable, not full of fat and salt and
    caffeine like most of our road snacks

    Beef jerky for James

    Barbecue flavor corn nuts and sweet iced tea for me

    Diet soda for James

    And then we'll stop at a rest stop with vending machines, and James will
    buy vending machine coffee and (*shudder*) a vending-machine sandwich.

    No dairy, because it makes me sick. Nothing too perishable, because I
    have food-safety issues (hence, I won't be sharing that vending-machine
    sandwich).

    What do you take on road trips?

    Serene
    --
    "I tend to come down on the side of autonomy. Once people are grown up,
    I believe they have the right to go to hell in the handbasket of their
    choosing." -- Pat Kight, on alt.polyamory

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    Christine Dabney Guest

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    On Thu, 27 May 2010 18:47:11 -0700, Serene Vannoy
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >What do you take on road trips?


    Good question.

    Since a lot of the time I am traveling through desert areas, which are
    really dry and HOT, I take extra bottles of water. It really is
    important, especially when one gets in those areas where there are NO
    rest stops, and no services for 70 miles or more.

    And lately, traveling through AZ, all rest stops are closed, due to
    budgetary concerns. Can't even stop to have a sandwich.

    Other things...hmm. I usually make myself stop to have a real meal or
    sorts..cause it is a long drive between here and the bay area. I need
    it, cause I walk around a bit, and I need the bathrooms....

    I will have to think about what I usually take..to snack on...

    Serene, when will you be back? I know you are spending a lot of time
    with your mother this break...so it is probably an unfair question. I
    hope your mother heals soon....

    Christine

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    gloria.p Guest

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    Serene Vannoy wrote:
    > Road trip to San Diego tomorrow late night, to begin a summer of being
    > mostly away from home, caring for my ailing mother. I really like road
    > trips, though -- like driving, like spending time in the car with James,
    > etc. Right now, I'm looking through my CDs. Tomorrow, I'll shop for the
    > last of the road snacks. So far, we will probably have:
    >
    > Trail mix of sorts -- basically, a mix of all the nuts I like from the
    > bulk bins: macadamias, almonds, pistachios, etc., plus some dried papaya
    > for me (james doesn't like it)
    >
    > Apples and bananas (easy, portable, not full of fat and salt and
    > caffeine like most of our road snacks
    >
    > Beef jerky for James
    >
    > Barbecue flavor corn nuts and sweet iced tea for me
    >
    > Diet soda for James
    >
    > And then we'll stop at a rest stop with vending machines, and James will
    > buy vending machine coffee and (*shudder*) a vending-machine sandwich.
    >
    > No dairy, because it makes me sick. Nothing too perishable, because I
    > have food-safety issues (hence, I won't be sharing that vending-machine
    > sandwich).
    >
    > What do you take on road trips?
    >
    > Serene



    Fresh fruit, roasted almonds, cheese and crackers (can James eat
    dairy?) or a small jar of peanut butter.

    Frozen bottled water to keep everything cold and drink as it melts.

    Sometimes a thermos of iced coffee, sweet and creamy, or iced tea.

    Don't forget the hand wipes or a couple of wet washcloths in a baggie.

    gloria p

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    koko Guest

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    On Thu, 27 May 2010 18:47:11 -0700, Serene Vannoy
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Road trip to San Diego tomorrow late night


    snippage

    >Serene


    Please, please, please tell me you will be able to squeeze in some
    time for me. I would dearly love to meet you and James.
    If there is anything I can do to help you while you are here caring
    for you mom please let me know.

    koko

    --

    There is no love more sincere than the love of food
    George Bernard Shaw

    www.kokoscornerblog.com
    updated 05/22/10

  5. #5
    Serene Vannoy Guest

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    Christine Dabney wrote:
    > On Thu, 27 May 2010 18:47:11 -0700, Serene Vannoy
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> What do you take on road trips?

    >
    > Good question.
    >
    > Since a lot of the time I am traveling through desert areas, which are
    > really dry and HOT, I take extra bottles of water. It really is
    > important, especially when one gets in those areas where there are NO
    > rest stops, and no services for 70 miles or more.


    Oh, yeah, thanks for the reminder. I'll toss an extra gallon or two in
    the trunk. Well, when I have a trunk, that is. (We're renting a car.)

    >
    > And lately, traveling through AZ, all rest stops are closed, due to
    > budgetary concerns. Can't even stop to have a sandwich.


    :-(

    >
    > Other things...hmm. I usually make myself stop to have a real meal or
    > sorts..cause it is a long drive between here and the bay area. I need
    > it, cause I walk around a bit, and I need the bathrooms....


    We get out at rest stops to walk for a while, use the bathroom, and get
    stuff from vending machines (I stick with sodas and chips).

    >
    > I will have to think about what I usually take..to snack on...
    >
    > Serene, when will you be back? I know you are spending a lot of time
    > with your mother this break...so it is probably an unfair question. I
    > hope your mother heals soon....


    Maybe July, maybe not until August 1, when my furlough ends. It'll
    depend on mom and how she heals up. She's supposed to be out of work for
    at least 6 weeks, and there's a lot of wound care she needs done. I'm
    the only sibling really willing to do it, and I don't want her to have
    to manage it on her own, along with REALLY needing to be there to keep
    her from getting up and doing laundry and such. She's a workaholic and
    it will be a chore to keep her from overworking herself, but I know from
    experience that if I just jump in and do the cooking and cleaning,
    she'll let herself relax and recover.

    ObFood: She loves soup, and sometimes it's all she can manage, so I
    think I'll be cooking a lot of soup, especially her faves, turkey and
    chicken. Oh, and split pea when her stomach's better.

    Serene

    --
    "I tend to come down on the side of autonomy. Once people are grown up,
    I believe they have the right to go to hell in the handbasket of their
    choosing." -- Pat Kight, on alt.polyamory

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    Serene Vannoy Guest

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    gloria.p wrote:

    > Fresh fruit, roasted almonds, cheese and crackers (can James eat
    > dairy?) or a small jar of peanut butter.


    He can, but we generally stick to stuff we both eat/like. And he doesn't
    really care about having cheese.

    >
    > Frozen bottled water to keep everything cold and drink as it melts.


    Good plan. I should start a couple bottles freezing now. And I should
    make the iced tea, because that's my road drink of choice.

    >
    > Don't forget the hand wipes or a couple of wet washcloths in a baggie.


    Oh, good plan. Thanks!

    Serene

    --
    "I tend to come down on the side of autonomy. Once people are grown up,
    I believe they have the right to go to hell in the handbasket of their
    choosing." -- Pat Kight, on alt.polyamory

  7. #7
    Serene Vannoy Guest

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    koko wrote:
    > On Thu, 27 May 2010 18:47:11 -0700, Serene Vannoy
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> Road trip to San Diego tomorrow late night

    >
    > snippage
    >
    >> Serene

    >
    > Please, please, please tell me you will be able to squeeze in some
    > time for me.


    Oh, definitely. I will only be there a few hours this weekend, but then
    will be there from June 3 through, well, some number of weeks from then.
    Early July? Dunno. It's been too long since I checked out new San Diego
    eateries. Once I settle in with mom to the point where she can be left
    alone (or even better, where she feels up to going out to eat), let's
    have lunch or tea or dinner or something!

    > I would dearly love to meet you and James.
    > If there is anything I can do to help you while you are here caring
    > for you mom please let me know.


    Thank you. You're a dear.

    ObFood: I picked up the phone and called for delivered soup tonight. It
    made me happy to be living in a town with decent delivered food. Hot and
    sour soup isn't my favorite thing, but it seems to have taken the edge
    off my cough.

    Serene

    --
    "I tend to come down on the side of autonomy. Once people are grown up,
    I believe they have the right to go to hell in the handbasket of their
    choosing." -- Pat Kight, on alt.polyamory

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    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Road snacks

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Serene Vannoy <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Road trip to San Diego tomorrow late night, to begin a summer of being
    > mostly away from home, caring for my ailing mother. I really like road
    > trips, though -- like driving, like spending time in the car with James,
    > etc. Right now, I'm looking through my CDs. Tomorrow, I'll shop for the
    > last of the road snacks. So far, we will probably have:
    >
    > Trail mix of sorts -- basically, a mix of all the nuts I like from the
    > bulk bins: macadamias, almonds, pistachios, etc., plus some dried papaya
    > for me (james doesn't like it)
    >
    > Apples and bananas (easy, portable, not full of fat and salt and
    > caffeine like most of our road snacks
    >
    > Beef jerky for James
    >
    > Barbecue flavor corn nuts and sweet iced tea for me
    >
    > Diet soda for James
    >
    > And then we'll stop at a rest stop with vending machines, and James will
    > buy vending machine coffee and (*shudder*) a vending-machine sandwich.
    >
    > No dairy, because it makes me sick. Nothing too perishable, because I
    > have food-safety issues (hence, I won't be sharing that vending-machine
    > sandwich).
    >
    > What do you take on road trips?
    >
    > Serene


    Sorry to hear about your mom. Been there, done that. I hope she does
    well!

    As for the snacks, string cheese, pretzels and the cheap generic bags of
    cold cereals, eaten dry.

    If you are trying to avoid corn, there are some new chips about made
    from beans, so they are higher in protein. "Beanitios".

    I know you are vegetarian or I'd suggest chicharones and Salsa. <g>
    But that might work for James?

    I also like sugar free "Red Bull" for long distance driving. Much
    better than coffee.
    --
    Peace! Om

    Web Albums: <http://picasaweb.google.com/OMPOmelet>
    *Only Irish *coffee provides in a single glass all four *essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar *and fat. --Alex Levine

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    We're big on trail mix snacks here, too. Nuts, dried fruit, pretzel bits, etc. - but no chocolate or it melts everything together!

    Dried veggies make a nice alternative to dried fruit.

    We've also made granola bars, cookie bars and other items good for backpacking or long car trips.

    On one road trip we brought a non-perishable pasta-veggie salad (vinegar based), which made for a nice change of pace.

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    Melba's Jammin' Guest

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    In article <[email protected]>,
    Serene Vannoy <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > What do you take on road trips?
    >
    > Serene


    I bring fruit - washed and stemmed grapes in a bag; bing cherries if
    they're in season; chex mix, trail mix, peanuts for HWSRN. I don't mind
    stopping for coffee -- getting out of the car to move around a bit is
    desirable. There are a couple chain stations that have coffee drinks
    for maybe $1-2, depending on size.

    And some wet wipes.


    --
    Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    http://web.me.com/barbschaller
    Updated 4-24-2010 with food story and pictures

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    Melba's Jammin' Guest

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    In article <htn9gf$11p$[email protected]>,
    "gloria.p" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Don't forget the hand wipes or a couple of wet washcloths in a baggie.
    >
    > gloria p


    I said the same thing. Jeez. We are such mothers.


    --
    Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    http://web.me.com/barbschaller
    Updated 4-24-2010 with food story and pictures

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    ViLco Guest

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    Serene Vannoy wrote:

    > No dairy, because it makes me sick. Nothing too perishable, because I
    > have food-safety issues (hence, I won't be sharing that
    > vending-machine sandwich).
    >
    > What do you take on road trips?


    When I was a child my parents used to bring the in-famous Ritz crackers, the
    round ones, and I always got car-sick as a child. Now I can't stand Ritz
    crackers even if 30 years have passed, just one bite and I feel like
    car-sick.
    My favorite road trip food was chocolate bars like Mars when I was young,
    then around my twenties I finally settled on sandwiches: ham and some butter
    to keep it moist, or salami and maio, or bacon and emmenthaler-style cheese,
    or lettuce leaves and the cold cut I found at hand's reach or lettuce and a
    couple fried eggs...

    For the bread I prefer white bread subs like these (circa 8" x 4"):
    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_kg2muvJj4S...640x480%5D.jpg
    or "francesine" similar to little ciabatta, like this (circa 8" x 6"):
    http://termoli.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/pagnotta.jpg

    The subs have a very fine and soft interior and a tender crust and are
    wonderful with delicate cold cuts like ham or cooked ham. The small
    ciabattas have a coarser interior and a crunchy crust, they are perfect for
    salami and other intensely flavored cold cuts.
    --
    Vilco
    No, non mi sono mai allenato, puzzavo di mio




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    [email protected] Guest

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    On May 27, 6:47*pm, Serene Vannoy <ser...@serenepages.org> wrote:

    >
    > What do you take on road trips?
    >


    Electric cooler


    Chicken salad, pasta salad, sandwich fixings, nuts, drinks, etc.

    When staying in hotels, I take a small george foreman grill to make
    panini sandwiches and quesadillas. I also take food that can be
    reheated in a microwave.

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    Andy Guest

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    we got those packs of little square peanut butter on cheese crackers and
    soda.

    Andy

  15. #15
    Boron Elgar Guest

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    On Thu, 27 May 2010 18:47:11 -0700, Serene Vannoy
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Road trip to San Diego tomorrow late night, to begin a summer of being
    >mostly away from home, caring for my ailing mother. I really like road
    >trips, though -- like driving, like spending time in the car with James,
    >etc. Right now, I'm looking through my CDs. Tomorrow, I'll shop for the
    >last of the road snacks. So far, we will probably have:
    >

    snip
    >
    >What do you take on road trips?
    >
    >Serene



    We pack a cooler that sits on the floor in the back seat and is easily
    reachable from the front seats.

    Depending on season and home supply, we usually have some combo of:

    Water
    V-8
    Coke or Pepsi (provides caffeine if we can't find a decent cup of
    coffee on the drive)

    Nuts
    Raisins
    Chocolate
    Baby Bel cheese
    Apples or oranges or grapes

    Cookies

    That covers it all...some dense calories, some sweets, some protein
    and plenty of liquids.

    If we are road-tripping with the kids (who are now 20-somethings) they
    pack their own cooler. I don't even want to know what is in there. It
    might scare me too much.

    Bon Voyage. Hope your mom recovers quickly and thoroughly.

    Boron

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    Andy Guest

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    Once, in the middle of nowhere, somewhere, I forget where, we pulled into a
    McDonalds for the very first time.

    I asked for a hamburger.

    It got divided up and I took a bite and it was just awful. It had onion,
    ketchup and pickles in it. I was expecting beef on a bun. What the
    heck?!?!?

    I complained and cried over the mistake. I was miserable for miles!!!

    Andy

  17. #17
    gtr Guest

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    On 2010-05-28 03:43:22 -0700, Andy said:

    > Once, in the middle of nowhere, somewhere, I forget where, we pulled into a
    > McDonalds for the very first time.
    >
    > I asked for a hamburger.
    >
    > It got divided up and I took a bite and it was just awful. It had onion,
    > ketchup and pickles in it. I was expecting beef on a bun. What the
    > heck?!?!?
    >
    > I complained and cried over the mistake. I was miserable for miles!!!


    There, there.
    --
    If God didn't want us to eat animals, why did he make them out of meat?


  18. #18
    Dave Smith Guest

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    Serene Vannoy wrote:
    > Road trip to San Diego tomorrow late night, to begin a summer of being
    > mostly away from home, caring for my ailing mother. I really like road
    > trips, though -- like driving, like spending time in the car with James,
    > etc. Right now, I'm looking through my CDs. Tomorrow, I'll shop for the
    > last of the road snacks. So far, we will probably have:
    >
    > Trail mix of sorts -- basically, a mix of all the nuts I like from the
    > bulk bins: macadamias, almonds, pistachios, etc., plus some dried papaya
    > for me (james doesn't like it)
    >
    > Apples and bananas (easy, portable, not full of fat and salt and
    > caffeine like most of our road snacks
    >
    > Beef jerky for James
    >
    > Barbecue flavor corn nuts and sweet iced tea for me
    >
    > Diet soda for James
    >
    > And then we'll stop at a rest stop with vending machines, and James will
    > buy vending machine coffee and (*shudder*) a vending-machine sandwich.
    >
    > No dairy, because it makes me sick. Nothing too perishable, because I
    > have food-safety issues (hence, I won't be sharing that vending-machine
    > sandwich).
    >
    > What do you take on road trips?



    I don't usually take road snacks with me in the car. I prefer to stop at
    a restaurant or coffee shop. On rare occasions we might take some cold
    cuts and cheese or some sandwiches and have a picnic if we are somewhere
    that has picnic type rest areas.

  19. #19
    blake murphy Guest

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    On Fri, 28 May 2010 05:43:22 -0500, Andy wrote:

    > Once, in the middle of nowhere, somewhere, I forget where, we pulled into a
    > McDonalds for the very first time.
    >
    > I asked for a hamburger.
    >
    > It got divided up and I took a bite and it was just awful. It had onion,
    > ketchup and pickles in it. I was expecting beef on a bun. What the
    > heck?!?!?
    >
    > I complained and cried over the mistake. I was miserable for miles!!!
    >
    > Andy


    only for miles? i hadn't noticed you stopped.

    blake

  20. #20
    Steve Pope Guest

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    Serene Vannoy wrote:

    > Road trip [..]


    > No dairy, because it makes me sick. Nothing too perishable,
    > because I have food-safety issues (hence, I won't be sharing
    > that vending-machine sandwich).


    > What do you take on road trips?


    Do you travel with a cooler?

    Tofurkey-on-whole-wheat sandwiches come to mind. No mayo,
    to avoid possible food safety issues. (I really don't
    know if mayo is suspectible to spoilage just like that, but that
    is its repuation.)

    If you have no cooler, some blue ice in with your food in
    a double paper bag do for a trip that short.

    Steve

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